Newsletter for Monday, Dec. 15
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Tis the season to look for treats at the Reading Terminal Market, y’all. Photo by Instagram user @toby_did_it.
PHILLY’S NEXT MAYOR: 7 ISSUES MILLENNIALS WILL BE WATCHING
If you’re struggling to even name one of the four officially declared mayoral candidates, you’re not alone. (For the record: Ex-D.A. and avowed email hater Lynne Abraham; state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams; Terry Gillen, a former Redevelopment Authority official and aide to mayors Nutter and Rendell, and ex-City Solicitor and ex-federal prosecutor Ken Trujillo.) Don’t fret; more will likely emerge; On Friday, ex-judge Nelson Diaz revealed he’ll announce his bid in the new year. But guess what? Young voters could actually swing this race. (At least that’s according to former Republican Mayoral candidate-turned-documentarian Sam Katz — who says voters like you won’t actually vote.) So what issues could motivate young voters? We looked around.
AWFUL DRIVERS STAY ON PHILLY STREETS WITH FATAL RESULTS
You’re in good hands with Allstate, but the insurer says no big city has a higher rate of accident claims than Philadelphia — and it’s been that way for a decade. What gives? Bad drivers who rack up tickets, drive on suspended licenses… and eventually plow someone down and kill them, The Inquirer finds in a big Sunday investigation. A city judge gave the quote that headlines the story: Judge Gary S. Glazer calls it “chaos on the street.”
LAWMAKERS SPENT $500K ON RANDOM STUFF
The Morning Call dug into public records to find out how lawmakers in the state Senate and House spent $13.7 million of your taxpayer dollars in fully legal expenses last year. In particular, they focused on $500K in “consulting expenses.” What they found? Philly Rep. Jim Roebuck’s $600 expense to get publicity for that one time he played a corpse in a play held in his district. Noted: Philly mayoral candidate paid someone almost $40,000 to “be a liaison with local government,” which we’re pretty sure is his job. More at The Call‘s site.
TO DO: IMPROVUKKAH, IMPROV FOR THE HOLIDAYS
WHAT: 1812 Productions’ special 2-day holiday show called “Improvukkah: Improv for the Holidays”
WHERE: Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $25
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AMERICAN THRIFT SAYS GOODBYE TO SOUTH PHILLY
Maybe you missed it last month, but American Thrift — the bargain store, which opened in 1975, fell prey to a spiral that started with the recession. Hidden City has a photographic farewell to the South Philly institution, the closing of which one 15-year customer likened to “a death in the family.”
CYCLEPHILLY’S TIME-LAPSE MAP IS MESMERIZING
CyclePhilly has been releasing bits of data since its app launched in May, but its new timelapse map is absolutely mesmerizing. Developed by Code for Philly, the app allows Philly’s cyclists to track their bike trips — everything from commutes, work-outs and social outings — and note rode conditions and other things along the way. But you don’t have to appreciate bikes or bikers to enjoy this map. Watch the seconds tick by as tiny blue dots representing Philly’s cyclists race across the map.